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House Tax Bill ‘Would Have Devastating Impact on Affordable Housing in New England’

From the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition -

Progress update on first year of Building Homes Together campaign

Vermont Governor Phil Scott speaks at press conference

Vermont Governor Phil Scott joined legislative and housing leaders in a press conference last week to update the public on the first year progress of the Building Homes Together campaign.

Goal

In an effort to increase the availability of affordable homes in Vermont, Champlain Housing Trust teamed up with Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and Housing Vermont to set a goal of 3,500 new homes within 5 years, with 20% of them being permanently affordable.

Home prices rise for northern Vermont counties through June 2017

In each of Vermont's northernmost counties, the median price of homes sold during the first half of 2017 was more than 10% higher than a decade earlier, according to our recent analysis of VT Tax Department data on non-vacation homes. 

Home price data through June 2017 for every town and county in the state was recently added to the Vermont Housing Data website's community profiles

Governor signs bill to promote economic development

Governor Phil Scott signed S. 135 last week, a bill to encourage economic growth and affordable housing. Although the law was signed on June 8, 2017,  portions of the bill are effective on date of enactment of the FY 2018-2019 budget. Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce (pictured), also on VHFA's Board of Commissioners, was one of the bill signing speakers. 

$35 million bond would have long-lasting benefits

Housing developers, business leaders, smart growth policy experts and poverty advocates joined together to support the passage of a $35 million housing bond this afternoon at a press conference at Vermont’s State House in Montpelier. 

Recommended in Governor Scott's budget proposal, the housing bond would address a significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, help to alleviate homelessness, house the workforce, and provide expanded homeownership opportunities for Vermonters.

Strength of VHFA bonds prompts Moody's to upgrade rating to Aa2

Strong financial performance  contributed to a rating upgrade to Aa2 for VHFA's multiple purpose bonds from Moody's Investors Service last week.  The rating applies to new multiple purpose bonds and all outstanding long-term debt under the multiple purpose bond program.

Business community input on permitting and regulation in Vermont needed

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is seeking input from the business community about their experiences with permitting and environmental regulation in Vermont.  Please share your insights at one of the "listening tour" meetings the Agency is holding over the next two weeks at locations around the state. 

New fact sheets show impact and need for housing tax credits in VT

In Vermont, the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by VHFA have financed 6,513 apartments, providing affordable homes to 15,175 low-income Vermont households and supporting 7,360 jobs.

Vermont home sales market steady in first half of 2016

The median price of non-vacation Vermont homes sold during the first six months of 2016 was $200,000, virtually unchanged from 2015. Like prices, the number of sales also held steady compared to the first six months of 2015. 

Chittenden County leaders call for increased production of housing over next 5 years

Building Homes Together  was launched yesterday. It is a collaboration of organizations and communities seeking to remedy some of the most pressing challenges in Chittenden County’s housing market.

“The housing shortage in Chittenden County has been well noted with unhealthy vacancy rates and high rents,” added Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. “Employers can’t find workers, and workers themselves spend more time in commutes and with a higher percentage of their paychecks on housing costs.” 

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